Caliburn: Agent of Checkmate
Chapter 1: Freefall

Caution: This Fan Fiction Sex Story contains strong sexual content, including Ma/Fa, Consensual, Heterosexual, Celebrity, Superhero, Black Female, White Male,

Desc: Fan Fiction Sex Story: Chapter 1: Freefall - This tale is set in the DC Comics Universe. While my original characters are Copyrighted and Trademarked by me, all existing DC Comics characters are property of DC Comics.

I fell through the sky after jumping from the X-98 Imp. Down through the night air I fell over Afghanistan. The wind whipped around me, and I felt the adrenaline pumping through me as I plunged towards the ground at breakneck speed. This was what I had trained for. This was one of the reasons I'd been recruited in the first place. Only this time, I was off the books. I was on a rescue mission. It would be tough, but I was confident in my skills.

Who am I? I'm Adam DeVries. My codename is Caliburn, and I'm a Checkmate Operative. I'm 5'11", 175 lbs of wirey muscle, medium brown hair and dark blue eyes. My spidersilk armored combat suit was dark gray and black and covered my entire body from neck to feet. My mask with Goggle attachment made me look like one of the Superheroes who wear the full masks to hide their identities.

I guess a little backstory is required about how I ended up in freefall over Afghanistan.


I was born in Santa Barbara, CA. I grew up in a fairly happy house with my parents. My father was a real asshole, but at least my mom more than made up for that. She was the sweetest woman in the world, and always made me feel loved. All in all, I was fairly normal. I had a part time job on weekends. I took martial arts training, paid for by my dad at first, then me after I discovered how useful it was.

That was before my father came home one night in a drunken rage over some bullshit at work and took it out on my mom. I was 18 at the time, and was well into my Senior Year of High School. It was the week of Senior Prom when it happened, and I was thinking of calling Jenny Saunders to see if she would go with me. Mom and dad had already volunteered as Chaperones for Prom

All thoughts of Jenny disappeared when I entered the house, though.

He had started beating her without warning, calling her all sorts of names while pounding her face to a bloody pulp. When I'd gotten home that night from my Jiu Jitsu class, I could hear the sickening thud of his fist hitting her face and body over and over. I sprinted around the corner into the kitchen, and mom was laying on the floor in a pool of her own blood. I looked up at my father and saw him turn to grin at me sickeningly. His fist and face were covered with mom's blood.

"Your bitch of a mother didn't have my dinner cooked all the way when I got home!" He explained in an insane voice.

That was when I felt the snap inside me. I had been afraid that something like this would happen, but this was beyond my ability to comprehend at first. Then I struck. Years of hand to hand combat training kicked in, thanks to my father wanting me to learn martial arts as a boy. No son of his was going to grow up to be a wimp.

That worked against him now, as I rushed him and grabbed. I shifted my weight and threw him away from her. She was still breathing, and I would be damned if I let him hurt her again. The snap inside me had shown what would happen if I didn't intervene and do what I had to do. I couldn't allow that to happen.

My father stood up and laughed at me. "Do you really think you can stop me, son?"

I didn't answer, but immediately attacked. I struck hard and fast, slamming my fists into his nose, solar plexus, and kicking him in the knees. He went down hard, and I put him in an armbar that dislocated his shoulder. I had him facedown on the floor and slammed my elbow into the side of his head. He stopped struggling, and I rose and ran to where my mom was.

"A ... Adam?" Mom lifted a hand weakly to my face.

"It's ok, mom. I'll call 911." I said it as I pulled my cellphone out of my pocket and dialled.

Mom had fallen unconscious and into a coma by the time the cops and EMTs got there. I gave my account of what had happened, and they took my parents to the hospital with my dad being guarded by the cops along the way. I followed in my car and pulled into the parking lot to park. After I was finished parking and shut down my old Civic, I followed them into the ER as they brought mom in. The doctor shooed me away and told me to have a seat in the waiting room. I found a chair and sat down in a heap. I was physically and emotionally drained.

That was where I first saw her in person. She looked like Halle Berry, and for some reason, she was in the hospital in my little town. Her skin was the color of caramel and her eyes were the softest amber-brown I had ever seen. She was wearing a gold colored tanktopped leotard that showed off every curve of her gorgeous body, and I couldn't help but stare. She came over to me when she saw the situation with me accompanying my mom as my parents were being brought into the ER.

I sat in the waiting room as she walked up to me. "Hi, my name is Mari. Are you ok?"

I looked up at her. "Hey, I'm Adam. Yeah, I'm fine. My mom isn't, though."

"What happened?" She asked with a concerned look.

"My dad finally lost it on her. He beat her into a coma." I recognized her from someplace, but couldn't place it. I should have, though. I'd had a crush on her for years. That was how out of it I was at that moment. "Look, thanks and all, but do I know you from someplace? You look like Halle Berry." Then I saw the foxhead pendant at her throat. "Vixen! Oh wow!"

She smiled. "Yeah, that's me." Oh my God! A member of the JLA was sitting with me in the waiting room while the doctors worked to save my mom!

"What are you even doing here? Shouldn't you be off fighting some super threat to the entire planet or something?" I laughed in spite of the situation.

She shrugged. "I tracked down Prometheus here and brought him down. He was using a warehouse on the waterfront as his headquarters. He's being checked out by the doctors before I take him back to Blackgate."

"Cool." It was all I could say.

"Who was the man they brought in at the same time as your mother?" She asked.

"My ... father." It hurt to even say the word. He wasn't my father anymore, as far as I was concerned.

"Did you... ?" She asked, and I just nodded with my head down.

"You might have just saved your mother's life. You are a hero, Adam." She smiled.

The JLA member that I'd had a huge crush on for years had just called me a hero. That was a new high point in my life. I smiled at her. "Thanks, Mari. You're a hell of a hero yourself. I've heard about some of the stuff you've done, and even saw one of your fights on the News."

"I have an advantage, Adam. This totem pendant gives me the abilities of the animal kingdom. What you did, you did without powers." She placed her hand on my chest. "What you did came from in here."

Her touch was like a lightning surge in my chest that spread throughout my body. That was when I made the decision that I wanted to do what she did. I wanted to fight against criminals, terrorists, and anyone else who would hurt innocents like my mom.

"Thank you, Mari. I mean it. That means a lot to me." I smiled and covered her hand with mine. I squeezed it and she smiled at me.

"Adam DeVries?" The doctor asked as he approached us. I looked up at him.

"That's me, sir. What is it? Is my mom going to be ok?" I stood up and Mari stood with me.

"Your mom is in a coma, son. I won't sugar coat it for you. Your father really hurt her. She's stable for now, though." I felt the anger burning inside me.

"What about him?" I asked through gritted teeth.

"Your father? He's conscious now and being questioned by the Police." He told me. I pushed past him and walked quickly toward where my father was laying with the cops standing over him.

"Was it worth it, Frank?" I demanded with pure hatred in my voice. "Mom's in a coma because of you! Was it worth it?" I blindly shoved Detective Reynolds out of the way and my father's good eye went wide as I slammed my fist into his face again. "Did it make you feel like a big man, Frank? Did it make you feel good to beat your wife and the mother of your son until she was nearly dead!? You sack of shit!" I raised my fist again as he raised his hands to try and stop me. I slammed my fist down again, snapping his nose. I raised my fist a third time, but a strong yet feminine hand caught mine and pulled me back away from him before the cops could intervene.

When she'd pulled me out into the hallway, I spun on her, but she spoke first. "Adam, look at me. If you take revenge on him, you would be no better than he is. Calm down and let the police do their job. Ok?"

Her words stifled the anger and I saw she was right. I took several deep breaths to calm down. "Y ... yeah, Mari. Thanks. You know, you're a lot nicer than I thought you'd be." I smiled nervously.

"I'm just a regular person like you, only with superpowers." She chuckled lightly, and I laughed along with her.

"Hell, Mari, if I thought you'd accept, I'd ask you to my Senior Prom this coming Friday." Nobody was going to believe this at school.

"Who says I wouldn't accept? When is it?" She asked.

"Umm, it starts at 6:30 Friday evening. Are you serious?" I asked with an incredulous smile on my face.

"Barring an emergency that I can't otherwise avoid, I would love to go with you to your Prom, Adam." Mari smiled and kissed my cheek. "Do you have a tux already? You look to be about Dick's size. He's a friend, and if you need one, I'm sure I can get him to let you borrow one."

"Ye ... yeah, I have one already." I still had my tux from the last year, and had already gotten it altered to allow for my growth since then.

"Good. I hope you know how to dance. I like a man who can dance." She grinned mischievously like a ... well, a Vixen.

I COULD dance. I was actually proud of that. In addition to my father's insistence on me taking martial arts classes, my mom had insisted that I also learned to dance.

I smiled, in more familiar territory now. I was able to stop seeing the Superheroine in front of me, and just saw the lady I was going to take to Prom. Her skin tight oufit that showed off a healthy cleavage between her breasts was only a minor distraction now.

"As a matter of fact, I can dance. I just hope I meet your standards, Mari." I smiled at her.

"I get the feeling you will, sweety." She smiled back.

"Ms ... err, Vixen?" A doctor called to her from behind her. She turned.

"Yes, doctor? Is my prisoner ready?" She asked, all business for the doctor.

"Yes, ma'am. We have him sedated still and the blindfold over his eyes as you ordered. We've checked him out, and he's ready to be taken into your custody." The doctor nodded and smiled nervously at her.

"Thank you, doctor. I'll be there in one moment." She nodded back to him, and he turned and walked back towards where the villain was being detained.

She turned back to me. "Do you have a cellphone, Adam?"

I pulled it out of my pocket and flipped it open. "Yes, ma'am. What's your number?"

She gave me her number and I programmed it in, then called her. She picked up and smiled as she saved my number in hers.

"Thanks, sweety. I'll wait for you to call, and I will be here Friday night for our date." She leaned up and kissed me on the cheek again.

I took a chance and drew her in for a hug. "Thanks, Mari. For stopping me from doing something I would have regretted for the rest of my life, and for being here for me."

"Anytime, Adam. Don't worry about it. Now, I have to get Prometheus back to Blackgate. I'll see you Friday." She smiled as she disengaged from our hug and turned to leave.

"See you then, Mari." I smiled at her as I watched her gorgeous butt walking away. What a view! She looked back and caught me watching, but only smiled when I blushed. She winked and walked back to where her prisoner was being held for her.

I ended up staying the night in mom's hospital room. I'd heard that people in comas could hear what people said around them, so I told her about dad being arrested and about my date for Prom. I ended up falling asleep on the little couch in her room after looking at my cell phone with Vixen on speed dial with her number. I smiled in spite of the whole situation of our first meeting.

Mom was still in a coma the next morning, and I had to go home to get ready for school. I told her I loved her and would be back after school let out for the day.

I got in my car and drove home fast. I showered and changed into jeans and my Batman t-shirt. I laughed at the irony, since I had a date with one of his team mates.

I barely made it to school in time for home room.

At lunch, Kevin Reynolds sat down across from me. "Sup, Adam? I heard about your mom, man. I'm sorry."

"No prob, Kev. It's not your fault." I told him. Kev is my best friend, and his dad is a Detective with the Santa Barbara PD.

"Still, I know this sounds wrong and all, but I hope your dad goes away for a really long time." He got a look on his face that said he didn't know how I'd react.

"So do I, man. Hey, I got a date for Prom, though!" I grinned. Kevin might not believe me, but I had to tell somebody.

"Jenny?" He asked.

"No way, man. WAY hotter!" I gloated a bit.

"Yeah, right! Jenny is one of the hottest chicks in school! Who is it, then? Leah Reilly?" He asked.

"Nope. She doesn't go to our school, but you'll meet her Friday night." I smiled. "I met her at the hospital last night."

Kev's dad, the Detective, had been the one I shoved out of the way the night before so I could punch Frank in the face. He'd witnessed Vixen intervene and our talk in ER.

Kev's eyes widened as he figured it out. "NO WAY! HOLY SHIT, DUDE!" Kevin shouted loud enough to get the attention of everyone in the cafeteria.

"Keep it down, Kev! Jesus!" I snarled at him.

"Fucking A, Adam! You got a date with a fucking Superheroine and you expect me to keep quiet about it?" He was grinning ear to ear. "Larry is gonna be jealous as fuck!"

Larry, our team Quarterback and all around asshole, decided that was a great time to walk up to our table. "What the fuck are you two dorks saying about me?"

With his blonde hair and blue eyes, chiselled Superhero type features, and muscular build, Larry Bradford was what every guy wanted to look like. Well, every guy but me. I was ok with my looks, since the girls still dug me.

"Don't worry about it, Larry. Kev is just going off because I got a really hot date for Prom." I KNEW Larry wouldn't believe me.

"Yeah, Larry. Adam scored a date with a JLA member!" Kevin grinned.

"Which one? Green Arrow? I heard he's as gay as you are." Larry laughed, and I laughed with him. Everybody knew I was straight, but with as many people as Larry accused of being gay, I was getting the feeling he had some latent tendencies.

"Shit, Larry. Everyone knows Green Arrow is married to Black Canary!" Kev educated our idiot friend. "Besides, my bro here scored a Prom Date with Vixen!"

"Bullshit!" Larry's eyes went as wide as Kev's had a few moments earlier.

I felt my phone buzz in my pocket and checked my texts. 'looking forward to our date friday. might bring a few friends. love, V' I grinned.

"What is it?" Kev asked, nodding at my phone. I showed him. "Whhhaaaaaattt?! Bring a few friends? Holy shit! I hope she brings Zatanna!"

Larry grabbed my phone and looked. His jaw hit the floor. "No fucking way, dingletard! No way in hell is that real!"

I snatched my phone back. "You'll find out Friday night, dipshit."

Larry just shook his head. "Whatever. I'm going with Rachel, so I'm gonna have the hottest girl there. Have fun with your cosplayer girlfriend, loser." He laughed it off and walked away.

I thought of my mom and called the hospital.

"Santa Barbara General, how can I direct your call?"

"Yes, I'm Adam DeVries and my mom Lynnette DeVries was brought in last night in a coma. Is there any change? Did she wake up yet?" I asked, hopefully.

"One moment, sir." She put me on hold.

"I hope she's ok, man." Kev patted my shoulder.

"Same here, brother." I nodded and smiled at my best bud.

"Hey, if you aren't gonna ask Jenny..." Kev grinned.

"Go for it, man. Good luck!" I punched him in the shoulder, and he went to find the girl of his, and used to be my, dreams. I now had a date with one of my dream girls.

The receptionist came back on. "I'm sorry, sir. The doctor reports no change in her condition."

I choked up a bit, but recovered. "Thank you, ma'am. I'll try back later." I ended the call, then brought up my texts and hit Reply to Vixen. 'looking forward to it here, too. may need a date for my buddy Kev. he asked if you could bring Zatanna for him. lol :)' I hit Send.

My phone buzzed about thirty seconds later. I flipped it open. 'i'll ask her. one moment'

'cool thanks!' I sent back.

A few minutes passed, and Kev got back with a rueful smirk on his face. "No dice, man. Shot down in a blaze of glory once again!"

"Hang on, Kev." My phone had buzzed again.

'Z says sure. she'll be there with me.' I grinned.

'thanks, V. I was joking, but thanks! Kev will appreciate it too' Sent.

I then showed Kevin the texts, and he just about shit himself.

"Wow, man. I ... I don't know what to say." Kevin was speechless for the first time in his life.

Kevin's not a bad looking guy from what the girls have told me. He's a bit on the geeky side for most girls, though. I somehow had a feeling that the Mistress of Magic would either love him or turn him into a toad. I was leaning towards the latter outcome.

"Just do me a favor and keep it on the DL, ok?" I asked.

"Yeah, man. No problem. Larry is gonna eat his own leg off Friday night, though." Kevin grinned like the Cheshire Cat.

"Good!" I said, then flipped my phone open again.

'will you meet me at the school or come over to my house first so I can drive you?' I sent.

'what's your address sweety?' I got back in less than a minute.

I sent her my address and she sent back 'kk see you friday at 6!'

"I wonder what kind of dress she'll wear. Probably something magical." Kevin was already daydreaming about his date.

"Dude, don't worry about it. Just come over to my place Friday after school with your tux. The ladies are meeting us there at 6:00 pm." I showed him the texts.

"Sweet!" He replied with another grin.

The rest of the day went as usual, with my mind mostly on mom, some on my date Friday, and some on school itself.

When class let out, Kev went with me to the hospital to see my mom.

We got to her room and sat beside her bed. "Mom, Kev is here too. We're both hoping you get better quick."

"Yeah, Mrs. D. My dad told me about what happened. Don't worry, Frank's going away for a long time." Kevin added.

"Hey, guys. I need to talk to you both." Kev's dad, Detective Mitch Reynolds said from the doorway in a voice just above a whisper.

"Sure, dad. C'mon, Adam." Kev got up and I squeezed mom's hand once before following.

Once out in the hall, Mr. Reynolds looked at me. "Adam, I'm not sure how to tell you this, but your father is dead. I'm sorry, son."

It was both a shock and a relief. "What? How?" I asked.

"Apparently he was bragging to some of the other inmates about what he'd done, and they shanked him on the recreation yard." He shrugged. "It happened at County after we sent him there."

That would have been just like ol' Frank. Running his mouth about beating his wife nearly to death. Served him right!

"Serves him right." I growled. I'd never liked my father. He'd been a decent provider, but he'd always had a history of verbal abuse towards me and mom. I looked at the shock on Mr. Reynolds' face. "What? He was an asshole who used to rail my mom endlessly over little shit. I'm surprised he never hit her before, more than anything. He's always had a temper, and was even worse when he drank. I'm not sorry he's dead." I meant every word of it, too.

Mr. Reynolds nodded. "I understand, son. I just hope your mom takes it as well as you are."

"Hell of a week, Adam." Kev said and clapped his hand on my shoulder.

"Yeah. Mom's in a coma, but at least dad won't be able to hurt her again, and we've got two hot dates for Prom." I laughed ironically.

"Oh? You found a date, Kevin?" Mr. Reynolds asked his son.

"Well, more like Adam found me a date. He asked his date if she had any friends who might be willing to go with me." Kev blushed even as he grinned ear to ear.

Mr. Reynolds chuckled. "You mean you're both going to Prom with Superheroines?"

"Unless there's an alien invasion or something, it looks that way, sir." I smiled and shrugged. "Vixen is bringing Zatanna as Kev's date."

"I've had a crush on her for years, dad." Kev grinned.

The rest of the afternoon and evening went with me and Kev sitting by mom's bedside most of the night. Mari and I texted back and forth for a while, joking around. I read the texts to mom, hoping something would get through to her. I texted Mari with where I was, and about an hour later, she showed up.

"Hi, Adam. How is she?" Her voice caught me by surprise. I looked up and smiled.

"Hey, Mari. No change yet." I stood as she came over and hugged me. She was dressed in civilian clothes, but Kev was hyperventilating upon seeing her.

"Mari, the hypervent there is my best bud Kevin. Kevin, this is Mari, AKA Vixen." I introduced them, and she smiled at Kev. Kevin got his breathing under control and shook her hand.

She thought for a moment. "I'll be right back." She stepped out into the hall and pulled out what I thought was her cellphone at first, until I saw the JLA logo emblazoned on it. She talked for a moment, then hung up and came back in. We all sat at mom's bedside talking about what had happened. Detective Reynolds came back in shortly afterwards and stopped dead as his eyebrows hit his hairline.

"Vixen, this is Detective Reynolds, Kev's dad." I introduced them too.

"Ma'am, it's a pleasure to meet you." Mr. Reynolds said with a smile.

"Likewise, Detective." She smiled back, then sat back down by me.

He turned to Kevin. "Come on, Kev. Your mom has dinner waiting on us."

That was when a soft pink flash of light happened outside the room and a lady in tophat, topcoat with tails, and fishnet mesh leggings came into the room. "Is this the place?" She asked with an impish smile.

"Zee, this is Adam, my date for Friday night, and this is Kevin. He'll be your date to their Senior Prom. And that's Detective Reynolds, Kevin's father." Vixen said.

Zatanna shook Mr. Reynolds' hand and smiled. "Pleased to meet you, Detective."

Kevin looked like he was either going to come in his pants, pass out, or both. He rallied himself and stood slowly, holding out his hand. "Hi, I'm Kevin." He introduced himself.

When she shook his hand, he raised it to his lips and kissed it. "Oooh, a gentleman. A pleasure to meet you, Kevin." Zatanna blushed!

"The pleasure is all mine, Zatanna." Kevin said with more gallantry than I knew he possessed. I nodded in respect for his ability to NOT make a complete ass of himself.

"Sorry, ladies. I hate to break this up, but Kev and I really need to get home. My wife has dinner ready." Mr. Reynolds said as he shook their hands.

"Sorry, Detective. We won't keep you." Zatanna smiled at him.

Mr. Reynolds nearly had to drag Kevin out of the room, leaving just me and the two most beautiful members of the JLA in my mom's hospital room.

"Ladies, this is my mom, Lynnette. She can't really say anything right now, but hopefully she'll be up and around soon." I smiled at them both.

Mom loves Superheroes. I told Mari and Zatanna, who insisted I call her Zee, about mom's huge crush on Superman. They laughed quietly at that.

Zatanna noticed my Batman t-shirt and laughed with a smile. "If he only knew what kind of fans he's inspired."

"Huh?" I asked. Yeah, real intelligent sounding, right?

"Mari told us all how you took down your father who had been beating your mom. When he found out about the injuries you inflicted, Bats said 'He must have some skill', so you've just impressed one of the best martial artists on Earth." Zee said.

I blinked at that and swelled with pride. "Wow. You're not shi ... kidding me, are you?" I censored myself in front of the two Paragons of Justice in my presence.

"No, Adam. Zee isn't kidding. He really did say that." Mari squeezed my hand, which I realized she'd been holding for a few minutes now.

"Well, from what Mr. Reynolds told me earlier, my dad won't be hurting anyone else ever again. Some inmates at County didn't take kindly to him bragging about beating up my mom." I informed them. They started to say how sorry they were, but I stopped them. "No, please. It's honestly a relief that he's gone. He verbally abused mom and me for years. I'm just surprised that he didn't lay a hand on mom before last night."

"It's still a horrible thing to happen, Adam." Mari said. I knew deep down that she was right, but it still felt like justice to me.

I just nodded and smiled at her sadly. She squeezed my hand again and smiled back.

The rest of the week went by pretty fast. Wednesday I went to Jiu Jitsu class again before heading to the Hospital to see mom. Once again Mari came over from the East Coast after I texted her with mom's status. Mom still wasn't awake yet, but her injuries were starting to look better. Her eyes were still swollen badly, but the bruising had started to go down.

Thursday afternoon was when mom woke up. I heard her moan and called for the doctor. He came running in as mom opened one of her eyes. A nurse ushered me out of the room while the doc performed the standard checks, and I saw mom wave at me with a weak smile when she saw me. I went back in after the doctor said it was ok.

I texted Mari to tell her mom was awake, and soon she showed up in civvies again.

"Thank you, sweety." Mom squeezed my hand as I sat on the edge of her bed.

"I wish I'd been there sooner, mom. I got home and he'd already been beating on you for a while. I'm sorry." I said. I hadn't been there, but at least I'd been there in time to save her life.

"It's ok, hon. I'm just glad you're ok, and that you got him to stop." Mom said, patting my hand on hers.

"Umm, hi. Mrs. DeVries?" Mari said as she poked her head in. Mom squinted at her.

"Yes, I am. Are you Halle Berry?" Mom asked.

"Mom, this is Mari. Mari, this is my mom. Mari's my date for Prom on Friday night." I introduced them, and Mari came into the room.

"Mrs. DeVries, I've talked to Su ... a coworker of mine that Adam here says you have a crush on, and he's agreed to come over as soon as he's finished dealing with something work-related." She had to change what she was going to say as the nurse walked in to record mom's vitals from the machine.

As the nurse left and the door closed behind her, Mari said "Superman is coming to visit you, ma'am."

Mom's eyes opened at that.

"Mom, Mari is Vixen, and she's a member of the Justice League." I told her.

Mom started laughing until she winced in pain. "You mean she isn't Halle Berry?"

I laughed. "No, mom. I made that mistake at first, too. Halle Berry could play her in a movie, though."

"I don't see the resemblance, myself." Mari shrugged.

"Take it as a compliment, dear." Mom patted her hand. "Adam has had a crush on you and Halle Berry for as long as I can remember."

"Mom!" She just had to tell my Prom Date about my celebrity crushes. Yeah, not fun.

It was a hell of a way to introduce my Mom to my Prom Date.

Mari just grinned and walked over to the window when I thought I caught a flash of blue or red out the corner of my eye. She unlatched it and slid it open, and Big Blue himself stepped through and into my mom's hospital room.

I thought mom was going to have a heart attack when she saw him smiling at her and walking to her bedside. "Mrs. DeVries? I'm Kal-El of Krypton. Mari told me what happened to you, and I just wanted to say that your son is the real hero here. He saved your life when none of us could." He sat down in the chair next to mom, who was now blushing profusely.

"S ... S ... Superman?? It's a pleasure to meet you!" Mom said and reached up to hug him.

"It's my pleasure, ma'am." He hugged mom back gently.

"Wow!" I still couldn't believe it. In this world I live in, with all the weirdness in day to day life, and I still couldn't believe it! Superman was in my mom's hospital room and I was going to Prom with Vixen!

He heard me and turned to smile at me. "And there's the young man who could give Batman himself the fight of his life." He stood up and shook my hand. "It's an honor to meet you, Adam."

"S ... Same here, sir." I said.

"I'm sorry to cut this short Ma'am, but I have to get back." He smiled at us both and leapt out the window and flew off to the east.

"Whoever he's going to save is very lucky." Mom said dreamily.

Mari laughed at that. "I think we're the lucky ones, Mrs. DeVries. Adam is your son and my Prom Date."

Mom chuckled and looked sleepy. "Mom, we're going to go for a little while. We should let you rest." I said and squeezed mom's hand.

"Ok, dear. You two lovebirds have fun." Mom smiled at us.

"Thanks, mom." I replied as we slipped out of her room and walked towards the elevators. We went down to the lobby and out into the warm spring air of the April night.

"Thanks, Mari. I'm not sure exactly why you did all this, but thank you for being my Prom Date and even getting Superman to visit mom." I had both of her hands in mine as we faced each other.

"I did it because I never got to go to Prom while in High School, and because I really like and respect you." She hugged me and kissed my cheek again. I held her close and felt her body pressed to mine.

"You respect me?" I was almost knocked senseless.

"You stood up against evil to protect the innocent. That's what makes a hero a hero. Not superpowers. Not gadgets. It takes heart, sweety." She once again put her hand on my chest, and her touch felt warm.

I leaned down and kissed her tentatively on her full lips. It was just a kiss, but she moaned softly as I kissed her. She broke it after several long moments. "I have to go, sweety. I'll see you tomorrow night, ok?" She said with a smile before kissing me back.

This time her lips parted, as did mine, and our tongues slowly danced together. I kept my eyes open and on her lovely face as we kissed, and I noticed her eyes were on me too. We both wanted to remember this. Her hand came up to the back of my neck as our tongues caressed each other.

We finally broke the kiss. "Ok, Mari. I can't wait. I'm going to have the most beautiful woman on my arm at Prom!" I grinned sheepishly and blushed. I was now rock hard thinking about what might possibly happen on Prom Night.

She called upon some bird's power and took to the sky. She blew me a kiss and grinned as she waved. I waved back, and she flew out of sight.

I sprinted back inside and slowed down when I got near the elevators. When I got back to mom's room, I was still grinning like the Cheshire Cat. Mom saw my expression and grinned. "She kissed you, didn't she." Mom said. It wasn't a question.

"How did you know, mom?" I asked.

"The last time you grinned like that was after you kissed Gina Harkin after Homecoming last year." Mom knew my expressions.

"Yeah, mom. She kissed me after I kissed her. She is a GREAT kisser!" I exclaimed.

Mom laughed. "She's what? Ten years older than you?"

"So? I like her. She's a genuine person, not some stuck-up celebrity." I told her all that had happened, and how we'd met in the first place.

"She seems sweet, hon." Mom said.

"She is, mom. She didn't have to come over and see how I was doing after you got brought in. She didn't have to accept my invitation to Prom. She didn't have to call Superman to come visit you. She didn't have to come in and visit with us during the week. She didn't have to set Kevin up with Zatanna. But she did all that because she is a good person. I know that after tomorrow night, I'll probably never see her again, but I'll have the memories of this week, both good and bad, for the rest of my life." I told mom evenly how I felt with a smile on my face.

"You're right, Adam. She is sweet." Mom smiled at the remembered hug from her Superhero crush. "So is Kal-El."

"Calling him by name now, mom?" I grinned.

"It's how he introduced himself, hon." Mom reasoned. She had a point.

"Mom, about Frank..." I started. I had to tell her.

"What about him?" Mom's voice went cold.

"Mr. Reynolds told me earlier that he's dead thanks to some inmates at County that shanked him when he bragged about beating you into a coma." I blurted it out in a rush.

Mom closed her eyes for a bit, then opened them and smiled at me sadly. "Is it wrong to say that I feel relieved?"

"No, mom. I feel the same way about it. I love you." I said and hugged her.

"I love you too, honey. Now get home and get some sleep. You do have school tomorrow before Prom, after all. I want pictures!" Mom ordered.

"Yes, mom. We're going to have a lot of pics for you on Saturday." I promised.

We said our goodbyes and I drove home. My head was spinning with what all had happened that week, and the week wasn't even over yet.

At school the next morning, word had apparently gotten around about what had happened at home on Monday and at the Hospital during the week. Larry was looking at me like he wanted to kill me, which was fine. He'd tried taking me during Freshman year, and had failed miserably. I could handle Larry. Everyone else was giving me friendly nods and greetings, and treating me with more respect than I was used to.

I ran into Kevin at lunch and asked if he knew what was going on.

"Dude, Stacy Kendall's mom is a nurse at the Hospital, and saw Superman fly into your mom's room! That's all anybody knows for sure, though. They still don't know who my date is." He grinned.

"Thanks, man. I think Larry knows I was telling the truth the other day. He was glaring daggers at me earlier." I chuckled.

My phone buzzed with a text. I flipped it open and read 'can't wait for tonight, Adam. got our dresses ready. see you at 6. love, V'

I showed the text to Kev, and he just grinned and nodded. "Awwww, yeah! Man, it's gonna be hard keeping my cool around Zee."

"Hey, how do you think I feel? I've been in love with Vixen for forever." It had only been a few years, but it seemed like forever.

We laughed about that and went about our day. When school let out, it was time to go home to get ready. I picked up Mari's corsage for her before I went home, and threw it in the fridge once I was there.

By the time I had finished shitting, showering, shaving and had my tux on, it was 5:30. Half an hour until showtime. I checked my look and decided I could be a young James Bond or maybe even Bruce Wayne. I looked enough like him, judging by the pics I've seen and his News interviews. I just don't have near as much money as he does. I opened the front door but left the screen door latched at about 5:45. It was a beautiful spring evening, and the weather was warm.

I was nervous as hell, so I did a quick kata to calm myself down. It helped, even though I had to pick a simple one because my tux kept me from full range of motion. Yeah, I was nervous.

I got the corsage out of the refrigerator at t-minus ten minutes and let it sit on the counter. I went back to pacing and calming my nerves. Then I remembered to call the limo! I dialled and they said they would be here in five minutes. Sweet! I had saved up from my weekend job for this night. Even if I'd had to go stag, I was not going to miss my Senior Prom!

I saw the flutter of her red gown outside the door as she landed, I ran and opened it for her in as she approached the door. Mari looked breathtakingly beautiful in her strapped backless red evening gown. Just behind her I saw the lights on Kev's car as he pulled into the driveway by mine. Then the pink flash of Zatanna appearing outside as Mari and Kev came in.

Kev held the door for Zee as I picked up the corsage and pinned it on Mari's dress. "You look beautiful, Mari." I kissed her gloved hand and admired her choice of evening gown. It showed off just enough cleavage and back to be sexy without being slutty.

"Thank you, kind sir." She curtsied as I bowed.

Kev was giving Zee her corsage too, and it seemed to be going well. Kev had yet to lose his cool, which gave me hope for him yet. Zee was wearing your basic strapless black evening gown with a slit up to mid-thigh. Very understated, yet she looked great in it, and as I'm sure Kev was hoping, would look great bunched up on the floor of his room after Prom was over.

I took Mari in my arms and kissed her cheek softly just as we heard the car horn from outside. The limo was here.

"Our chariot awaits, ladies and ... Kev." I motioned for us to head outside, and they all gasped at the stretch limo I'd rented.

"Wow, Adam! You went all out!" Mari exclaimed.

"You deserve the best, Mari. This might not be the best, but it's the best I could afford with my job." I shrugged and smiled.

"It's perfect, sweety." She replied and kissed me as she squeezed my hand.

We left the house and I locked the door behind us as we all went down to the limo. The chauffeur held the door for us, and smiled as we all entered. He knew where to go, so once we were all seated by our respective dates, he drove us to our school basketball court/pep rally room/dance hall.

We arrived and Kev and I stepped out first to get the door for our dates. Kev gave Jenny a shit eatin' grin as she recognized his date for the night, and her jaw dropped open.

Zee, for her part, looked to be thoroughly enjoying Kev's company. She had both of her arms holding his right arm as they strolled in and were announced by the MC, who had to get her name from Kev. "Ladies and Gentlemen, Kevin Reynolds and his date for the evening, Zatanna Zatara."

Kevin and Zee were both smiling, as she would tell us later, she'd also never attended her Prom.

Mari and I went in right behind them, and I gave the MC her name. "Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting Adam DeVries and his date for the evening, Vixen." More applause from our friends and classmates. More dirty looks from the popular girls who had turned Kev and me down as dates to Prom. Larry stood with mouth open, just inviting the flies in.

Once inside, we found the photographer and had some wallets and larger sized photos ordered. Kev wanted one poster size of him and Zee where she was puckering her lips while giving a sultry face for the camera and had her hand on one hip while her other was around his waist. She hammed it up for the camera, and it came out perfect. We paid the cameraman and he confirmed our orders to be delivered by Email in the morning, and Kev's poster by FedEx within the next 3 to 5 business days.

We then made our way to the punch bowl and made sure we got some cups full before the jocks decided to spike it. Last year's Junior Prom had been a drunk fest because of that, and I didn't want it to happen tonight.

I noticed a guy in a tux that looked to be about my size with longish black hair and blue eyes nearly the same shade as mine. Mari smiled when she saw him and the beautiful wheelchair-bound redhead he was with.

"They let you two chaperone?" Mari grinned as they came over to us.

"Yeah, we kinda convinced them, being friends of Adam here and replacing his mom and ... Frank as Chaperones. We have good resumes." The man said, then looked at me. "You must be Adam. I'm Dick Grayson." He held out his hand.

I shook it. "Thank you, sir. You guys are friends of Mari and Zee too?" I asked.

"You might say that. Professional colleagues as well. Besides, Dick promised me a night at the ball." The lady in the wheelchair said. "I'm Barbara Gordon." She said.

We shook her hand too, and Kev and I were both wondering what their superhero identities were.

While Kev and Zatanna walked out to dance to a fast hip-hop song, I figured out who they were. I had followed Superheroes for as long as I'd been alive. "Nightwing and the first Batgirl." I said with a smile.

Dick started at that, but there was no denying it. I recognized the hair. By extrapolation, it was easy to figure out Batman's identity. "Don't worry, guys. I'm not gonna spill. I'm a fan of Superheroes, and of Vixen in particular." I shrugged.

"So if you figured out who we are, you probably know who Batman is, too." Dick said. Yeah, he's a detective, just like Bruce Wayne.

"Yeah. Deduction and extrapolation made it obvious." I shrugged. A waltz started playing. "Mari, would you like to dance?"

"I would love to, Adam." She replied as she reached for my offered hand. I led her to the dance floor and we danced together for what seemed like ages, but was over far too quickly.

Kev and I introduced our dates to our friends, but didn't introduce our guest 'chaperones', just in case. I wasn't kidding about keeping their IDs secret.

When the slow dances began, Mari and I were inseparable on the dance floor. "Thank you, Adam." She said in a whisper while we danced cheek to cheek.

"I should be the one thanking you." I replied with honesty. "You are the most beautiful lady in the room."

"This is the most wonderful evening I've had in a very long time, sweety." She said. "I'm glad I'm spending it with you."

"I'm more than glad I'm spending it with you too, Mari. You're so beautiful, it's a wonder you don't already have a boyfriend." I blushed.

"I do, Adam. I'm dancing with him right now." She pulled back and gave me a pouty look. "Unless you don't want me as your girlfriend?"

I nearly shouted, but kept my voice low at the last second. "Yes, Mari. I do." I smiled and she kissed me lovingly, tenderly, and passionately. Our tongues explored each other's mouths and our bodies molded together as her beautiful breasts crushed into my chest.

"Nobody invited us? We're crushed!" The voice came from behind me as the doors smashed inwards. "Come on, Richy Riches. Cough up the goodies, and you all get to leave with your lives."

"Royal Flush Gang, sweety. Let me, Dick, and Zee handle this." Mari whispered in my ear.

"I can help, Mari. Trust me." I whispered back.

"You're a civilian, Adam."

"So? You were too, once. So was Zee. I have enough training and experience to take on non-powered bad guys, at the very least." I told her. "Five black belts in five different martial arts. The latest being Jiu Jitsu."

"Ok, take down Ten. he's heading this way. Be careful, baby." She said, kissed me, then leapt at the Ace.

I turned around and saw the Ten right beside me as he watched Mari fly at the Ace, too dumbstruck to even aim his gun at her. He'd been aiming it at Larry, who WAS a Richy Rich, as they put it. I tapped Ten on the shoulder and he turned to look. A quick jab to the nose followed by a straight punch to the solar plexus knocked him off his hovering card. I put him in an armbar and dislocated his right shoulder and elbow, forcing the gun from his hand. I picked up his weapon and ejected the magazine, then racked the slide to eject the bullet. I slipped the weapon in the back of my belt, and the magazine and ejected round went into my pocket. I put my knee in his back to help hold him down and turned to watch the show.

".mih dloh dna kcaJ eht erutpaC" Zee said, speaking her spell backwards, and the Jack was caught in a web of pure energy, completely immobilized. I looked over at Barbara and ... Dick? Where'd he go? Ah, he must have snuck off to change. Yep, there he goes.

Nightwing swung in from the rafters and knocked the King off his card with a thrown batarang. He then caught the King on the way down and immobilized him with some black zipcuffs before depositing him on the floor.

Having disabled the Ace, Vixen jumped at the Queen, who was firing wildly at Zee, but her shots were absorbed by a magic shield around Kev's date. My date knocked the Queen off her card and flattened her on the hardwood floor. One solid punch to the jaw, and the Queen was down for the count.

Nightwing threw black zipcuffs to Vixen, Zee, and me. I grinned as I zipped the Ten's arms behind his back, making sure the cuffs were good and snug. I picked him up by his good arm and walked him over to where his buddies were standing.

"Good job, Adam." Nightwing said.

"Thanks, man." What else was I gonna say?

The whole place erupted in applause, mostly for Vixen and Zee, who saved all our Richy Rich friends from getting robbed. While Kev and I weren't that rich, a lot of our classmates were.

Our Principal, Mrs. Hendricks, came forward and looked at us all. "Adam, are you some kind of Superhero now?"

"No, Mrs. Hendricks. I just have a few of them as friends." I shrugged.

"Well, I'm glad you kept everyone safe ... Nightwing, is it? And Vixen and Zatanna? You are all heroes." She said with a big smile, then looked at me walleyed before walking back to where the other chaperones were waiting.

"Krav Maga and Jiu Jitsu?" Nightwing asked me in a whisper.

"Yep." I said. He noticed the way I punched Ten's clock.

"Nice." He nodded.

"Thanks. It was best for the situation." I shrugged again.

"Sorry, guys. We hate to break this up, but we need to get these idiots up to the Satellite." Vixen said. "Adam, you're coming too. This is partially your collar." She winked at me. OH MY GOD! I was going up to the JLA Satellite?!

"I'd be happy to help, Vixen." I grinned and winked back at her.

Barbara was sitting in her wheelchair and grinning at Nightwing. "Hey, you guys take this one, and tell Batman I'll be back in Gotham in a few hours." He handed off the King to me.

"Ok, Nightwing. Thanks for the assist." Zee said with a smile.

"No problem. I was in the neighborhood and saw them flying in." He lied, and was damn good at it. Years and years of practice, apparently.

Once we were all inside the range of Vixen's transporter beacon, I waved at everyone as we vanished from the dance floor.

I felt disoriented at first, and my eyes crossed when I tried to focus. I shook my head and my vision cleared.

"Are you ok, son? It's hell, the first time through." Green Arrow asked me.

"Y ... yes, sir. Good to go now." I replied.

He took Ten into custody from me and Black Canary took King. "Good. You helped out a lot down there." He smiled and nodded as he took the guy and marched him towards one of their holding cells. I looked out the window and my jaw fell open as my eyes widened. There was Earth slowly spinning below us.

"Quite a view, isn't it?" Mari asked me as she took my arm.

"Yeah, it's spectacular!" I said, then turned to look at her. She was smiling. "But not as spectacular as you in that dress."

She blushed at that, then kissed me softly. I returned her kiss, then heard a growling voice behind me. "You must be Adam DeVries." I broke the kiss and turned to look at the cowled visage of the Dark Knight himself.

"Oh wow..." was all I could say.

"You're armed." He said simply. "I'll take it off your hands."

"Yes, sir. Sorry, sir." I'd completely forgotten about the gun I took off of Ten when I'd apprehended him. I pulled the gun slowly from the back of my belt and the magazine and formerly chambered round from my pocket and handed them to him. "Ten was carrying these, sir."

He took the items from me with a scowl. "I will enter these into evidence. Nightwing already contacted me about you. You used Krav Maga and Jiu Jitsu to subdue Ten ... Not bad for an amateur."

Before I could say something, Mari intervened on my behalf. "Bats, can't you let me have him to myself for now?" Mari asked.

I couldn't resist what I said next. It was too much of a temptation. "Mr. Wayne, it's an honor to meet you, sir." I stuck out my hand. He looked at it, and I almost detected a hint of surprise in his face. Almost. "Sir, your secrets are safe with me. You have my word on that. I deduced and extrapolated from when I figured out that Dick and Barbara were Nightwing and the former Batgirl, and that they were both friends of Zee and Mari."

Now I did see surprise in his face. "You can fight, and you have some detective skills." He complimented me without seeming to. His tone was still in the derisive range.

"I guess." I shrugged, a bit embarrassed.

"Carry on." He said and turned to walk away, his long midnight blue cape flowing behind him.

"He likes you, Adam." Mari whispered.

"How can you tell?" I asked.

"He didn't demand that you leave, he didn't deny his real identity, and he didn't knock you out cold. He's going to start a file on you, though." She said with a shrug.

"A file?" I asked, raising my eyebrow.

"Yeah. He has one on all of us, just in case we go rogue. Bruce plans for every contingency." She shrugged. "Don't take it personally, baby."

"Umm, ok." I was way out of my depth here, and now Batman was going to start a file on me? I felt like Public Enemy #1 and I wasn't even doing anything wrong!

Mari grinned. "Don't worry, baby. Now kiss me, please."

I was more than happy to comply with her request, and kissed her lovingly, our tongues dancing together slowly. I broke the kiss after a few moments.

"Do you have any music aboard, sweetheart?" I asked her. "I would love to dance with you under the stars."

"Oh, I think we might have a few songs in our database." She grinned. She led me down the steps to the large floor of their command center. She started a song playing on the main console.

I looked around and noticed that nobody else was here.

"I asked them to give us some privacy." She explained. "Zee is going to transport back down to see Kev once the prisoners are processed."

"Sounds good to me. So I get you all to myself for a while?" I asked with a grin.

"Mmhmmm. And I get you all to myself, too." She winked.

We danced close, her arms around my neck as my hands went to the small of her back, feeling the skin under her backless nightgown. We danced and held each other. "If you want, I could give you a tour of our station." She said as the song ended. "I'd like to show you around." Her smile was promising.

"I think I'd like that, Mari." I smiled and kissed her passionately. She returned my kiss deeply, our tongues duelling. Her arms tightened, bringing our bodies even closer together.

We came up for air after several long minutes, and I knew she had felt my hard cock against her stomach.

"This way, baby. The tour is cancelled for now, but I have someplace to show you!" She said breathlessly as she led me towards an elevator. Once we were inside, she hit the button for the next level up, where we got off and she led me to a door. She pressed in her code and it slid open for us, sliding closed after we entered the darkened room. She hit a light switch and the dim light showed a queen size bed with some African tapestries hanging from the walls around the room.

"Inviting me to your room on Prom night, sweetheart?" I asked, nervous now.

"As a matter of fact, I hear this is a tradition on Prom night, baby. Are you nervous?" She asked with an impish smile.

"Umm, I, well ... yeah. I mean I've ... umm, never ... umm, you know..." Jesus, I was babbling like an idiot.

Mari hugged me close. "It's ok, baby. I think I know why, and I would love for you to make love to me tonight. I want to be your first."

She knew. Well, it didn't take the World's Greatest Detective to figure it out. It wasn't that I'd never had the opportunity before. I was just waiting on the right girl. Right there and then, Mari was the Right Girl.

"I want you to be my first, Mari." I admitted, blushing like mad and breathing heavily.

"Shhh. It's ok, baby." She slowly undid my bow tie and unbuttoned my dress shirt. I undid my tux jacket buttons and slipped it off down my arms and threw it on the desk. She threw my dress shirt after it and removed my t-shirt over my head.

I reached up around and pulled her dress straps off her shoulders and slipped them down her long toned arms, revealing her caramel colored breasts and chocolate brown nipples. She moaned as I leaned down, bringing my lips to her beautiful breasts. I licked around each nipple and lost myself in the moment, suckling each one to her appreciative moans. Her dress slid the rest of the way down her legs over her beautiful butt and hips. She undid the fly on my pants as I kicked off my dress shoes. My tux pants fell around my ankles and I stepped out of them. She maneuvered us around so we could sit on her bed.

I looked into her eyes. "Mari, I ... I..." I trailed off as she put a finger to my lips, then replaced it with her mouth. I managed to kick off my dress socks and then wrapped my arms around her waist as hers went around my neck again.

She ran her hand over my crotch as we kissed, feeling my hard throbbing cock. She moaned again as she ran her hand over the length still in my boxers.

We rolled together onto her bed, kissing lovingly and tenderly. She nipped playfully at my neck, as if marking me as her own. She grinned at my surprised look, then slipped her panties off over her luscious butt and down her long sexy legs. She was completely shaved over her bare pussy, and my mouth started watering as my breathing became heavy. She then removed my boxers, freeing my cock from its confines.

She straddled my waist, and I could see the gleam of her pussy juices wet between her labia. "Are you ready, baby?" She asked with a seductive smile.

I smiled at her. "More than ready, sweetheart."

She put the head of my cock in between her pussylips, and sank down on me slowly, holding my eyes with hers the entire way down. She moaned as I penetrated her all the way to her core, and I moaned as the best sensation in the universe enveloped my hard throbbin member inside her. I let out a shuddering sigh as she started moving slowly on top of me. She leaned forward, propping herself on her hands to either side of my head, putting her breasts in perfect range of my mouth. I licked and sucked each of her erect nipples as she moved slowly on top of me. I could feel her getting wetter and tighter around me as she sped up a bit.

"Oh God, Mari! That feels so good!" I moaned out loud. I was struggling not to come, and losing the battle slowly but surely.

"I'm so close, baby. God, you're big!" She exclaimed. I'd never measured it, but I would take her word for it! I was already on top of the world, both figuratively and literally!

She started rising up and plunging back down on me, and I grabbed her hips. As I clocked her rhythm, I matched her thrust for thrust until she cried out. "OH GOD I'M COMING, ADAM!" She screamed and I felt her tighten up around me. I felt the tingling and tightening of my balls and felt the cum boiling up from inside me.

"I ... I'm gonna come, Mari!" I shouted just before I released. She slammed down on me, taking me all the way inside her as I exploded. My cum blasted into her over and over and over and over.

"YEEEESSSS, BABY! COME IN ME! COME INSIDE ME, ADAM!!" She screamed again as she took all I had to offer, and it set off another orgasm that rocketed through her. She collapsed on my chest as I came down too. I wrapped my arms around her back and held her to me, still joined with her and still throbbing hard inside her.

Her breathing was as heavy as mine. I felt like I'd just run wind sprints for a mile.

As we recovered, we kissed each other tenderly. "It's been far too long since I've had a night like this, baby." Mari whispered with a satisfied smile on her face.

"I'm glad you were my first, Mari. Other than those Royal Flush idiots, tonight has been perfect." I grinned at her and kissed her again.

Mari's cell buzzed at the same time mine did. "Must be Zee and Kevin." Mari laughed. She slowly slipped off of me and reached for her phone. I had softened a little, so I got up and grabbed my phone from the tux jacket pocket before returning to the bed. I opened it and sure enough, Kev's message was in my in-box. I opened it and laughed.

"Here, baby. Check out what Zee wrote!" She giggled. I looked and saw 'WOW!' was the only word she sent.

I checked mine. 'holy god she's awesome'. I showed it to Mari, who laughed even more.

I sent back. 'so is Mari. she took my cherry' I showed it to her before I sent it, and she blushed.

"Aww, baby." She kissed me deeply.

She then showed me her reply to Zee. 'Adam is all that, the bag of chips, and the salsa'. It was my turn to blush.

"I wonder if they're laying naked in bed sending these texts to us, too." I grinned.

"Probably. It has been a long time for Zee also, from what she has said. Besides, it IS Prom Night." She winked at me.

I called the limo service and told them to cancel the rest of the night, if the driver hadn't gotten tired of waiting already. I was very surprised that Dick Grayson had picked up the limo tab for me. I was only slightly surprised that the JLA Satellite had wifi and cell signal capability, but it made sense.

We stayed most of the night in her room, and she taught me a lot of things about how to make love to a woman.

We fell asleep somewhere after midnight, and woke up spooned together with me behind her. We 'beamed down' after we got dressed. I put my tux back on, and Mari got some civvies for herself. Jeans and a t-shirt. When we got back into the command center from the elevator, Green Arrow and Black Canary turned to look at us. Arrow gave me a thumbs up, and Canary just smiled knowingly. I blushed like a freaking tomato, as did Mari. We walked as quickly as possible while still trying to retain our dignity to the transporter pods.

She beamed us down to my front door. I unlocked it and we went inside and up to my room. Once in my room, I shed my tux and hung it up. I'd have to take it to the cleaners sometime in the near future. As I stripped down to my boxers, I felt Mari press herself to my back.

"We used my bed last night, baby. How about your bed this morning?" She kissed the side of my neck.

"God yes, Mari!" I turned in her arms and undressed her very quickly.

We made love again that morning, and then showered together. I remembered the pics from the night before, after our shower, and opened my email account. Sure enough, they were there! I put some glossy paper in my printer and printed them up so we could show mom.

Once we were clean and dressed for the day, I put the photographs in a folder and we went to see mom in the hospital.

We got there to find Detective Reynolds already there along with Zee and Kev. Zee had also changed into civvies, and Kev had the look on his face of a man who is no longer a virgin. I know the look, since I'd just seen it in the mirror myself earlier. They were showing mom their pics from the night before, and mom had laughed at the proof pic of the poster they sent to Kev.

"It's about time you two got here! I was beginning to wonder." Mom pretty much knew what had transpired, but said nothing about it.

"Hi, mom. We brought pictures too." I set the folder in her hands so she could look through them.

Mari interlaced her fingers with mine as we sat on the couch with mom and went through the photographs. Mom was impressed, and told Mari how beautiful she looked in that dress. Kev and Zee were grinning and holding hands as we compared our pics, and we laughed at the hamminess of the poster pic too, but even Mari had to admit it was a sexy pose by Zatanna.

Mom recovered fairly quickly, and was released from the hospital Monday evening, a week after she was admitted to the ER. I drove her home and helped her as much as possible. Mari and I continued to date the rest of my senior year and into the summer, but she was gone a lot on JLA business. It was rough, but I also got to visit the Satellite a few more times and talk with other members of the team.

I decided to join the Army and see where that took me. Ft. Benning, GA was my home for almost six months for Basic and Infantry training, and then Airborne and Ranger Schools. When I was assigned to my unit after training, I was tapped almost immediately for a special task force called Checkmate. It seemed they had heard of me already, from some of my new friends in the Superhero community. I was transferred from the US Army to Checkmate full time after my probationary period was up. It became one wild ride after another, chasing down and bringing in or even terminating superpowered criminals around the globe.

Then I got the news that two Suicide Squad members had been captured by Intergang, but that nothing was being planned to get them back.

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